A cycle of songs on texts by Federico García Lorca for mezzo-soprano, boy soprano, oboe, mandolin, harp, electric piano & percussion
It was performed by the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, featuring Gilbert Kalish (piano), Jan DeGaetani (mezzo-soprano), and Michael Dash (boy soprano), with Arthur Weisberg (conductor). The record sold more than 70,000 units; and has become one of the best selling recordings in 20th century classical music.
The cover was designed by Robert W. Zingmark, with art by Bob Pepper and art direction by Robert L. Heimall. Zingmark chose Florentine Old Style for the display typography. This face was released circa 1894 by the Dickinson Type Foundery in Boston, which had become ATF’s local branch in 1892. Serifless and with flared strokes, it references a style of inscriptional letterforms that developed in Florence in the 15th century. David Shields wrote more about this style and its various adaptations to type – which include Della Robbia and also Optima – on his Wood Type Research blog.